PORTRAIT OF A TREASURE
TONIGHT’S subject is the sparkling Georgie Parker, one of the country’s most loved actors. After falling in love with her on ACountryPractice, she became indelibly woven into the fabric of weekly appointment viewing in All Saints, as evidenced by winning the Gold Logie in 2001 and then again in 2002. Anh strikes an immediate rapport with this stellar human by pointing out he restored a piece of Parker furniture which was designed by her father for the enduring family furniture brand. “You know what, I was probably sitting beside him watching TV as he sketched it up on a piece of paper. He was a true visionary,” she shares proudly. A free-spirited child, her parents encouraged her to pursue her acting dreams, an ambition which was almost dashed when she and her sister were hit by a car. The accident did unearth the fact she suffered scoliosis and Parker had to wear a brace, which she called Boris, for three years as a teenager; she still has it in storage. Anh surprises her again with the revelation he was an extra on AllSaints. “I even had one line,” he declares proudly. “I was an orderly for a day or two.” Parker’s unbridled joy at this again underlines why she is so loved. It is remarkable to hear how she had to juggle the first two years after the birth of her daughter Holly with the unforgiving hours of filming a toprating show. But her scoliosis ultimately ruled out having another child.